|European Division 2 Championship: Belgium, June 2011|
Hosts Belgium start with convincing win
Tournament hosts Belgium began their campaign in style with a relatively comfortable 60 win run win against Austria at Mechelen. An opening partnership of 69 between Nirvam Shah (40) and Amir Iqbal (25), laying the foundation for their total of 183 for 6.
The introduction of Satyam Subash into the Austrian attack paid immediate dividends, as he removed three of the Belgian top order to finish with the excellent analysis of 3 for 26. Suddlenly 69 without loss had become 99 for 5, and a possible shock was on the cards.
Abdul Rehman had other ideas, as he smashed an amazing 8 sixes as he raced to 58 from just 18 balls, sharing in a match winning stand of 82 with Nadeem Khan (20*).
In reply, Belgian opening bowler Waqas Shafiq justified his late inclusion into the side, dismissing three of the top order to reduce Austria to 28 for 4, and virtually seal the contest.
Benjamin Loader played some delightful shots in a spirited half century from 46 balls (6 fours, 1 six), as he shared in a stand of 58 for the 6th wicket with Satyam Subash (26).
In the end, Austria finished on 123 for 8, with Amir Iqbal (2-16) the other bowler of note.
Isle of Man produced a powerful batting display to record a convincing 125 run win against Luxembourg in Ghent.
They were always in control following an opening partnership of 121runs in 14 overs between Gareth Morris and Max Stokoe. James Barker removed Stokoe for 42, well caught by Merkl, and as so often happens following a long stand, number three Oliver Webster fell first ball.
Gareth Morris was particularly severe on anything straying in length or width and his 95 came from just 42 balls. His innings included 8 sixes and 7 fours, and probably deserved a century, before Wayne Codd claimed his wicket.
There was no respite for the beleaguered Luxembourg attack, as Jaco Jansen smashed an unbeaten 46 from just 22 balls (6 fours) to take the Isle of Man to a mammoth 200 for 3.
That total proved way beyond Luxembourg who had reached 50 for 5, when the rain intervened to give them a new Duckworth Lewis target of 184 in 18 overs. Captain William Heath top scored with 18, while Sebastian Finch and Joost Mees both made 11 in their final total of 58 for 9.
The weather was the winner in the Hellas verus Sweden clash at Royal Brussels. Just 8.3 overs were possible with Hellas reaching 53 for 3 before a torrential downpour left the umpires with no option but to abandon the game despite heroic efforts by the groundstaff. Both sides earn a point apiece from the game.